These photos show how the Royal Victoria Pavilion is being brought back to its former glory

The Pavilion Photo Mark Stanford

Work on the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate is nearing completion in time for its opening day as a Wetherspoon pub at 8am on August 29.

The grade II listed building has undergone work refurbishing some of the original, historic features, including the porthole windows, and the creation of a new terraced balcony garden.

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There is also a new community space, ground floor sheltered terrace facing the beach and pavement cafe under the canopy area facing Harbour Parade.

Pub managers Chris Whitbourn and Charlotte Mason have recruited around 100 staff through open days held at East Kent College and the Mechanical Elephant.

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Training is taking place now ready for the official opening, which will be conducted by mayor Trevor Shonk.

The Royal Victoria Pavilion was built in 1903 and was opened on  29th June 1904 by H.R.H. Princess Louise.

The cost was said to be in the region of £40,000.

It was designed by architect Stanley Davenport Adshead in the style of a Robert Adam orangery.

Courtesy of Michael Child

It is said the design took one week and the building work just six weeks, ready for the opening of the summer season.
The building was once a vibrant public space, housing a concert hall and assembly rooms and then in later years a dance hall, Peggy Sues nightclub and Rank Casino.

Rank Leisure casino moved to Westwood Cross in 2008 and the Pavilion had been empty ever since

It was in a deteriorating condition, owing to neglect and serious damage caused by a fire in 2011.

It was listed on the Victorian Societies’ Building at Risk Register in 2013.

Photo Trevor Shonk

Planning permission for the Wetherspoon pub was granted last year and a lease deal with Thanet council came soon afterwards.

Photo Trevor Shonk

An opening date of July this year was moved back as specialist work took longer than expected.

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The project has cost around £4million.